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This quartzite polissoir was recovered from a late Neolithic (3200-2400 BC) building on the Ness of Brodgar excavations, Stenness, Orkney, Scotland. This artefact exhibits a shallow concave oval depression on each side that is highly polished from use. This artefact was probably used to polish stone or bone tools. In natural light this reflection shows very clearly, but this is less apparent on this model. Artefact measures c.30cm long by 10cm thick.
This model was produced for a Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Working stone, making communities: technology and identity on prehistoric Orkney’. This model will feature on a web resource about Orcadian stone tools, which is currently under development.
SF 17195. Excavations directed by Nick Card, ORCA. For more info see: http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/